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#1 j3ff

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

Who do you think will benefit the most when Kesler returns from his injury and is injected back into his second line centre position?


A lot of these panic threads seem to be short-sighted and forget the impact Kesler has when he is in the lineup. It's a long ways away, but we shouldn't be blowing our team up when we haven't seen it perform at its full capacity.

I think the Sedins will benefit the most as it frees them up from defensive zone work (face-offs) and opposing teams will have to put some focus on our other superstar that is Ryan Kesler.



Other notable beneficiaries: The PP, Burrows, Schneider...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

Sorry even though Kesler has an excellent defensive game and a strong offensive game, I would not consider him a superstar.

Back on topic, I hope we ease Kesler back into the lineup. Maybe let him play a few games then give him a day off (unless our team is really struggling) because we need him to be healthy in the playoffs.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

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Sorry even though Kesler has an excellent defensive game and a strong offensive game, I would not consider him a superstar.

Back on topic, I hope we ease Kesler back into the lineup. Maybe let him play a few games then give him a day off (unless our team is really struggling) because we need him to be healthy in the playoffs.


Last fully healthy season he had he had 40 goals,(Not to mention not far behind the Sedins in points during the playoffs)

that's a superstar in my book.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

I just wish we had some sort of update or timeline on Kes....like reallyyyyy nothing?
Right now I don't even know if we should count on him coming back to the lineup or not
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

I just wish we had some sort of update or timeline on Kes....like reallyyyyy nothing?
Right now I don't even know if we should count on him coming back to the lineup or not


Supposed to be getting an update Feb 7th
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Who do you think will benefit the most when Kesler returns from his injury and is injected back into his second line centre position?

Other notable beneficiaries: The PP, Burrows, Schneider...


DEF the PP. PK as well. Overall the team will benefit from his defensive play as he can shutdown the other teams top lines.7

This is all assuming he can get back up to speed quickly
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

If he comes back like he did last year, no one on his line will benefit. He has to return playing well.

Edited by CanucksSayEh, 29 January 2013 - 06:15 PM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

DEF the PP. PK as well. Overall the team will benefit from his defensive play as he can shutdown the other teams top lines.7

This is all assuming he can get back up to speed quickly


Well he probably won't be up to speed right away, but I can basically attribute his lack of excellence last year to him still being injured.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:52 PM

His and Booth's return will have a trickle down effect on our line-up.

Everyone will be slotted in at the correct positions and they'll both eat a ton of minutes.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

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Last fully healthy season he had he had 40 goals,(Not to mention not far behind the Sedins in points during the playoffs)

that's a superstar in my book.


Cheechoo must a god in your books then!
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

The whole team will benefit

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:56 PM

I think one of the big reasons our faceoff percentage is taking a bit it is because of the loss of Kesler.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

Hopefully it will benefit the Sedins when Burrows moves back where he belongs and makes it a complete line again...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:02 PM

Cheechoo must a god in your books then!


Holds a team record for most goals scored in a season.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Malhotra will definitely benefit from Kes' return.

Less pressure to win FO's and more rest time cuz we will have

H.Sedin
Kesler
Schroeder
Lapierre

At center so we can scratch him occasionally.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

Cheechoo must a god in your books then!


Kesler had 2 seasons of 70+ pts. Cheechoo's season was a fluke. now if Cheechoo had 2 seasons of greatness then got injured and regressed, i would say he was close.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

His and Booth's return will have a trickle down effect on our line-up.

Everyone will be slotted in at the correct positions and they'll both eat a ton of minutes.


Me like this. That is the bottom line.

I also reckon (or realized) that his d work is a big component to the Canucks being difficult to play against.

The Canucks are a machine with that 1-2 punch with the first 2 lines intact.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Kes could not raise his arm above his shoulder at last report.

Gillis and the .org will need a 2c if Kesler cannot return to form.

This whole team's success revolves around a very healthy Kesler and we don't know if we will ever see that guy this year or next year or any year ever again.

Shame Luo is holding down the fort as they could use him for trade bait otherwise.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

Kesler is the best player on our team, hands down. The Sedin's get points, but he's a 1st line PP, 1st line PK, he's out there last minute of the game, he blocks, hits, passes and scores. I wouldn't call him a 2nd line center but a 1st line B centre, if you got the best 2-way forward in the game I don't know how it doesn't have an influence
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

CDC will benefit with having new threads to create. The team will also benefit with having a legit top 6 fwd back in the lineup
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

Cheechoo must a god in your books then!


Kesler is a C, his job is to set up wingers.. and as a C, he scored and exceeded any expectation of a centre.. He played like a monster before getting injured..

As for Cheechoo, he played with Joe Thornton, the same guy who is helping Marleau tear it up. So your comparison is stupid.

You don't understand hockey.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Sorry even though Kesler has an excellent defensive game and a strong offensive game, I would not consider him a superstar.

Back on topic, I hope we ease Kesler back into the lineup. Maybe let him play a few games then give him a day off (unless our team is really struggling) because we need him to be healthy in the playoffs.



He may not be a "superstar", but I don't think we can understate the importance of Kesler to this team. He is the crux of the team. The system works when he is healthy and in the lineup.

He takes offensive pressure off the Sedins, takes defensive pressure off the Sedins, shuts down other teams' top players, helps the powerplay, helps the penalty kill, is strong on faceoffs and will allow everyone else to slide into their proper positions and roles.

Right now there is no consistent threat behind the Sedins and Kesler can also play a power role that we need more of.

We need a healthy Kesler.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

I don't know but anyone else notice that not one of our players has taken a dive all year (at least I haven't noticed anyone). Any bets that will change shortly after he comes back?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Reports are Kes started Skating as of Thursday and doing lines, so hopefully he's in good condition.

He'll have a dramatic effect on our special teams, PK and PP, not to mention faceoffs.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:36 PM

Don't forget although you want him back in the lineup its going to take him a few weeks to get back into the rithem of the NHL speed and fisicality of the game once he gets his sea legs back it will be a positive influence on the whole team ... :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

Hope the dude stops taking shifts at Save-On's and starts taking shifts on the ice instead. Would be good to have him back.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:02 PM

I think getting Kesler back, even if he's rusty, will do wonders.

Say what you want about him (and I myself have said a lot about his diving and whining), but this team needs a guy like Kesler badly. He brings so much emotion and drive in addition to his ability. We'll be getting back a focal point on both our #1 special teams' units, a great face-off guy, and also just somebody who plays all 3 zones hard.

Can you imagine how much more control the Canucks could have on a game with him? He wins face-offs well, and if he doesn't he'll want the puck back like a junkyard dog wants scraps. Guarantee we won't be getting trapped in our zone as much either. Even if he isn't scoring as much, he does a lot of the little things during a game to help the team.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

He hasn't played hockey in almost a year.

Even if he does come back this season (which is questionable) how effective do you really believe he'll be?

We are seeing the effects of bad conditioning from most of our players who chose to play with kids down at UBC and call that training/preparation.

Multiply that x10 and you have what Kes will be when he gets back. He has done what equates to ZERO during the last 9+ months... not his fault mind you, but for those expecting him to ride in on his black steed snorting fire and brimstone onto the opposition - you are delusional.

Gillis needs to get Luongo the hell out of here and shore up our holes. I heard he was waiting 10 games to "have a look at our team" - that 10 games can't come soon enough.
I like Schroeder but he isn't the answer, neither is Ebbett.

Could you imagine if Raymond and Kassian hadn't stepped up like they have? We'd be 0-6
(and I'm on record as not being MayRays biggest fan but thankfully he's playing well right now)

Edited by darkpoet, 29 January 2013 - 10:24 PM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

Reports are Kes started Skating as of Thursday and doing lines, so hopefully he's in good condition.

He'll have a dramatic effect on our special teams, PK and PP, not to mention faceoffs.


Oh god now he has a drug problem?
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